A spokesman for Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza said Monday the government will consider a request from East African leaders to postpone this month's presidential election.
The request to delay the vote by at least six weeks came after an emergency summit Sunday that also included a call for all parties to stop the violence that has come with weeks of protests over Mr. Nkurunziza's plan to run for a third term in office.
Deputy presidential spokesman Gervais Abayeho told VOA that Burundi's election commission will work with all parties and stakeholders, and submit a proposal to the government.He cautioned, however, that any delay should not push the vote back too far.
"But what the world must know is that the electoral calendar should remain within the limit set by the constitution because the president-elect must be sworn in on the 26th [of] August this year," Abayeho said."Otherwise, going beyond this schedule could maybe lead to a kind of political vacuum, and this is what the government would not like to see happening."